Why don’t we abolish timeouts in sports?

After all, there are no timeouts in soccer. In the alternative, why don’t we at least consider reducing the total number of timeouts or capping the number of referee reviews? In short, why do we put up with long, drawn-out games? According to this statistical study of NBA game times, for example, the final 60 seconds of a pro-basketball game lasts five and a half minutes on average, while the median length is 4 minutes. (It could be worse, however. The final minute of the 18 November 2013 game between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder took twenty minutes to play out.) For your edification, then, here is a complete minute-by-minute data visualization of NBA game times from the website inpredictable.com:

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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